Dr. Polard became a Clinical Psychologist in Germany (1993) and California (2001).
Andrea F. Polard, PsyD
- Blog articles for this website and Psychology Today
- A Unified Theory of Happiness: An East-Meets-West Approach to Fully Loving Your Life and Audio Workshop
- The Heart Sutra
- The 10 Habits of Sanity: Enlightenment Guaranteed
IS THIS BOOK FOR YOU?
This book is for anybody who is serious about happiness. I make user-friendly the science-based tools of the West and the paths of the wisdom traditions.
Instead of chasing after happiness and looking for it in the future, you will learn to “be here” and flourish. There is nothing better than feeling alive as if in a flow. You will get greater access to flow in two ways:
1. Proactive way: Generate flow with Western tools. With them you can master social connections and pursue inspiring goals with skill and confidence.
2. Supreme way: Halt and become receptive to the miracle of life on peaceful Eastern paths. You will discover the ever flow inherent in Being.
The book is enjoyable:
You can skip around as you see fit.
The Happiness Quiz helps navigate the book material. Try the automated version here.
There are many relate-able examples.
Each chapter is followed by an exercise section for practice.
There are images, graphs, and a touch of poetry that make the science go down like honey.
How do I know you can learn to walk the path of happiness? Well, even I did….
Best Book Award
Spirituality Practices says it’s “One of the Best Spiritual Books”.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
“Polard’s book, backed with research that carefully examines the being-doing dichotomy, not only shows how each dimension has a vital part in the progress of an awakened life but also provides much useful advice on how to make it so.”
Author of Zen Therapy and The Feeling Buddha
“Life-changing book! If you put into practice what Dr. Polard suggests, you will see radical changes in your life – for the better!”
Author of The Girl God
“A Unified Theory of Happiness is an engaging, warm-hearted, and essential book for anyone looking for sincere ways to find inner peace in modern time.”
Author of Motherless Daughters and The Possibility of Everything
“I wholeheartedly recommend “A Unified Theory of Happiness” to anyone who has more than a glancing acquaintanceship with the inner world and who is motivated to fulfillment and to realizing their potential.”
Author of Your Sacred Calling
“A major contribution to the fields of positive and transpersonal psychology.”
RONALD A. ALEXANDER
Author of Wise Mind, Open Mind
“Whoever dares to follow the practical guidelines offered in this book risks achieving an interconnected, meaningful, and balanced–in short, happy–life.”
Author of Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy, Psyche’s Veil, and Creativity Inside Out.
WHY THE WORD “HAPPINESS”?
Happiness is an overused word, but I decided to go for it and define it to move common language towards more depth. Why let pop culture define happiness? It is time to give the word more meaning and listen to the poets and those who have thought through the subject.
Flow and flourishing are words I also use. They are beautiful, but estrange many who are unfamiliar with them. They need an explanation.
Joy is too blissful for the simple experience of participating fully in life.
Contentment, however essential to happiness as defined in the A Unified Theory of Happiness, does not accurately describe an invigorating, open-heart experience. I like “overwhelming contentment,” but one word beats two words.
So, “happiness” it is.
Discover the tools and paths of happiness, which will sharpen and beautify your mind.
While we will never be able to grasp happiness – we cannot grasp any experience! – we can become skillful in inviting it.
Become a good host for flow experiences and BUY A UNIFIED THEORY OF HAPPINESS NOW.